Bihar Unlock: Will CM Nitish Kumar announce further relaxation; Decision expected today

A month long lockdown was lifted across Bihar on June 9 following dip in COVID cases and Nitish led government has eased restrictions in some areas. However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had announced that the night curfew will remain in place from 7 PM till 5 AM. He also said that private and government office will operate with 50 per cent capacity till 4 PM. 

Kumar has been taking stock of the situation after the Covid-19 lockdown was lifted. On Friday, he reviewed the COVID situation in Bihar said that the people of the state must follow COVID protocols seriously. 

After reviewing the situation, Nitish said that some restrictions have been imposed in the state, if people wear masks and follow the guidelines, it will be in their interest.

Will lockdown be imposed? 

Speaking on lockdown measures in the state, the chief minister said the state has been unlocked for a week now and further decisions on lockdown will be taken on the basis of feedback from people.

Nitish said his administration will collect feedback from people everywhere and the talks are being held with the district magistrates of all the districts. However, he hinted that the lockdown has benefited a lot in the state.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar also stressed on the need for cranking up the testing rate further.

He said with the lifting of lockdown and easing of restrictions, people were venturing out of their homes and coming into close contact with each other.

“The situation required greater vigilance in the form of aggressive testing and tracing in order to prevent a fresh outbreak of the contagion,” asserted the chief minister.

The development comes at a time when the state on Friday recorded 566 fresh Covid-19 cases while the death toll rose by 14. As per updates from health department, Bihar’s death toll due to the coronavirus disease has reached 9466 and the aggregate tally of confirmed cases has climbed to 716,296.